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If you ever find yourself with unexplained dental damage or tooth enamel wear, it could be linked to an underlying condition that is occurring while you’re sleeping. One common condition that is known to damage smiles while you sleep is known as sleep bruxism. If you are unknowingly grinding and clenching your teeth while you sleep, not only can it do damage to your teeth and gums, but it can also damage your jaw. In order to effectively treat bruxism, it is important to be aware of its symptoms. Listed below are frequently asked questions regarding bruxism:

Question: What does bruxism refer to?
Answer: Bruxism is a condition in which an individual unconsciously grinds and gnashes their teeth. This can often occur while you sleep unconsciously.

Question: What are some of the benefits of bruxism prevention?
Answer: Bruxism prevention is essential for eliminating oral health risks that come with bruxism. This includes lowering your risk of chipped and cracked teeth or cheek tissue damage that can occur due to bruxism.

Question: What is one of the best methods for treating bruxism?
Answer: If you wish to treat bruxism correctly, visit your dentist for an oral examination. If applicable, they can prescribe you with a night guard or bite plate.

Question: What are some common signs and symptoms of bruxism?
Answer: If you have any signs of worn or flat teeth, jaw or facial pain or tight jaw muscles, bruxism could be the cause. Cheek tissue damage and strange markings on your tongue are also commonly associated with bruxism as well.

For more information about bruxism from Finesse Dental Care, please contact our office. Drs. Hever and Stout and our team at our office in Westlake Village, California can be reached at (805) 742-4749.